Ever feel guilty that spending time at the barn takes away from spending time with the kids or other family responsibilities, etc?
It's snowy and cold here so I don't take my one moderately horsey interested kid because she'll complain she is cold and bored. But in the summer I do. Sometimes she still complains she is bored if I am riding and she is just waiting around. Don't blame her.
Closest I can get my horses is about a 25 minute drive one way. That isn't bad. But I work full time and can only go about 1 weekend day a week and one weekday. When the days get longer I can go after work.
I'm contemplating downsizing my horses. I only have 2 but both need consistent work and usually I can only do one horse per barn visit. One of them is a pony that is too small for me. She is for the kids. The other just needs regular work. He is the type that needs an hour of work everytime. He is green and has damage that needs to be reversed. Of course, we would make much faster progress if I could work him every day or every other day at least.
Going to the barn most of the time makes me so much happier but oftentimes I also feel guilty for various reasons. Ditching my kids with my husband. Not having enough time to work with both horses. Shelling out a whole bunch of money every month for board when we could be putting that money into something else more useful.
Just looking for some kind words and other people in the same boat with possibly some suggestions.